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The New Australian $5 Notes. Is This The Future Of Money?
Impressive new features to help prevent copying of the bills (CCSS Level: Grade 6, Words: 374)
Sep 29, 2016 Culture & Entertainment
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When we get notes from a money machine, we love the feel of new money. It is crisp and clean and looks good. Unfortunately it is not long before a new note becomes scrunched, torn, dirty and worn out. So governments around the world are forever printing new notes to replace the old ones.

Australia is a country that has been at the front of efforts to make notes that not only look good, but are long-lived and also hard to copy (which is called "counterfeiting"). Counterfeiters are always trying to find new ways to copy bills.

Australia was the first country to bring in polymer (plastic) money back in 1996. Many countries have since changed to plastic notes because they are hard to copy and also they last much longer. Now Australia has taken another step and this month it released its next generation of notes with a new $5 bill. And it is very impressive.

For one thing, it has different security images, with moving objects like a bird that flaps its wings and a 3D star that spins around. Each note is made up of 19 layers and measurements for the note are talked about in microns — one thousandth of a millimetre. In a world first, the new note has a clear window running all the way down the middle. Also the note has small bumps on it so that blind people can tell what the note is just by feeling it.

There is also raised printing that gives texture to the '5' and also the picture of the Queen. Amazingly the Australian constitution is printed in very tiny writing all around the note's Parliament house image. And these are just some of the new features to stop copying. The new $5 note cost $37 million for design and testing before it even started to be made.

To be ready for the September release of the new money, the Reserve Bank has sent out about 10 million new $5 notes to banks across the country. The $10 note will be the next to be redesigned, with the new note expected to be produced late next year. Then the $20, $50 and $100 will follow, with around one release each year.

According to the article, what feature does the Australian $5 note have, that no one else does?
raised letters and images on the note
very tiny writing on the note
a clear window all the way across
ink that shows up under UV light
How long is it since Australia made its last big change to money with plastic notes?
20 years
30 years
every year
10 years
Why does money need to have so many security features?
so that it looks different from other countries
so that people will respect the money's worth
so that counterfeiters will find it hard to copy
so that notes can be given out in money machines
In what year is the $100 note likely to be released?
2017
2020
2019
2100
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